Summary: The trinitarian nature of the triune God is the pattern for the creation of the individual. This triunitarian nature is the foundation for developing a systematic theology and psychology of the individual, especially the believer.
The Divine Foundation for Human Existence
Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-14
Theme: The foundation of the Christian life.
Focus: The triune God as revealed in the passage.
Point: Knowing the role of the ministries of the triune God enables the believer to understand the impact of God in their life.
Illustration: An engineer designs and builds a structure based on his blueprints. God is the great architect of all creation. He uses Himself as the pattern for His design. The operational aspects of that design are built into the object of His design. To develop an understanding of the individual, we must begin with the biblical teaching relating to God Himself.
Ephesians 1:3-14 is the clearest descriptive statement of the divine trinity in the Bible.
The English word “trinity” is not used in the English Bible, but the concept is used.
The concept of the “trinity” is the foundation for understanding human life.
The teaching of this foundation has not been developed in Christian theology and biblical psychology and counseling. Why?
The Christian community criticizes secular psychology and secular counseling because it starts and builds upon human behavior. Yet, at the same time that is where Christian psychology and Christian counseling start. The starting place for a Christian psychology and counseling is the ministries of the triune God and their impact on the individual.
1. The Ministry and Work of the Father vv 3-6a
God is identified as the Father of Jesus Christ v 3a
He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing v 3b; 2 Peter 1:2-4
In the heavenly realm v 3c
In Christ v 3d
Father chose us in Christ v 4a
Before (time) the foundation of the world v 4b
We should be holy and without blame before Him in love v 4c
Predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself v 5a
According to the good pleasure of His will v 5b
To the praise of the glory of His grace v 6a; 1:12b and 1:14c
This concludes the work of the Father.
By which He made us accepted in the Beloved v 6b
This is the work of the Father through His Son Jesus Christ on behalf of us.
2. The Ministry and Work of Jesus Christ vv 6b-13a
The Beloved v 6c The voice of the Father in the earthly life of Jesus
In Him we have redemption v 7a
Through His blood v 7b
The forgiveness of sins v 7c
According to the riches of His grace v 7d
Which grace He made to abound toward us v 8a
In all wisdom and understanding v 8b
Having made known to us the mystery of His will v 9a
According to His good pleasure which he purposed in Himself v 9b
In the dispensation of the fullness of the times v 10a
He might gather together in one all things in Christ v 10b
Both which are in heaven and on earth – in Him v 10c
In Him we have also obtained an inheritance v 11a
Being predestined according to the purpose of Him v 11b
Who works all things according to the counsel of His will v 11c
We who first hoped in Christ v 12a
Should be to the praise of His glory v 12b; 1:6a and 1:14c
This concludes the work of the Son.
This is the work of Jesus Christ on behalf of us.